BLIZZARDS:

Remember 4 million people survive Minnesota's winter every year. You can too. It's really very easy. Listen to the local radio stations, watch the weather channel and if there is a blizzard, don't leave Morris. It can be deceptive when you look out your window in the middle of Morris and it doesn't look bad. Once you leave town and get in the open, visibility can be poor and snow can drift across Hwy 28. It's a good idea to check out the Minnesota Transportation Department's Winter Weather Conditions website if the weather is questionable.

If you get stranded, stay in your car. Your car protects you from the wind. Stock your car with a sleeping bag, heavy wool blanket or extra clothes to help you stay warm. Pack some food, a thermos of something hot and non-alcoholic to drink, warm socks and boots, knit hat and mittens and wait it out.

Keep your gas tank at least half full during the winter. It helps prevent gas line freeze and allows you to run the engine for ten minutes every hour if you are stranded to help keep you warm. If you do go in the ditch, make sure the tailpipe is not plugged with snow before you try to run the engine. When you leave town, go prepared to spend 24 hours in a cold car and it will probably never happen to you.